Governor João Doria announced this Wednesday (16) that São Paulo agribusiness, in 2021, increased its exports by 9.5% compared to 2020, exporting a total of US$ 18.9 billion in the year. Imports also increased by 10.6%, which represents a value of US$ 4.5 billion. In 2020, agribusiness production in SP was BRL 92 billion, while in 2021 it was BRL 122 billion, a growth of 26%.
According to data from the Institute of Agricultural Economics (IEA-APTA), of the Department of Agriculture and Supply, the balance of the São Paulo Trade Balance was US$ 14.3 billion, 9.1% higher than in 2020.
“The growth of agribusiness in SP this last year is very expressive, it represents job creation, income generation, high performance, especially in the use of technology, agricultural equipment, modernization in agribusiness and also in the training, formation and multiplication of agribusiness units here in SP”, said Doria.
The five main sectors in state agribusiness exports were sugar and alcohol (US$ 6.5 billion), soy (US$ 2.57 billion), meat (US$ 2.53 billion), forest products (US$ 1.6 billion) and juices (US$ 1.5 billion), which represent 78.5% of sectoral exports from São Paulo in 2021. The main importing countries of agricultural products from São Paulo were China, the United States and the European Union.
According to IEA researchers, the sugar and alcohol sector had a positive variation of 0.5% compared to 2020, with sugar accounting for 86.4% of the amount exported and alcohol for 13.6%. The soybean sector, on the other hand, grew by 24.4% in 2021, with 84.8% of exports being soybeans.
In the case of the meat sector, there was a 24.4% growth in exports compared to 2020, with beef accounting for 85.4% of international sales. There was also an increase of 9.4% in exports of forest products and 14% in the juice sector. The coffee sector, a traditional producer of agribusiness in São Paulo, ranked sixth, with exports of US$ 708.4 million in 2021, an increase of 15.7% compared to 2020.